When PAPER magazine teased their #LuxeInFlux issue featuring Jennifer Lopez alongside Olivier Rousteing, the juxtaposition was a stark reminder that truly fierce women can be fully clothed and still prompt collective swoonage.
“The concept of a fearless, strong woman who radiates confidence inside and out is an inspiring idea,” said Lopez in her joint interview with the fashion maven. “It’s a great thing for young girls and women to see Balmain’s muses illustrated by these ideas of strength and beauty. For them it’s about a woman who creates her own destiny and forges her own future.”
While the interview largely focused on the concept of luxury, Rousteing found himself addressing the topic of race. “I think the music system is way more open-minded and way more diverse. Fashion people sometimes forget that,” he explained. “So it’s important for me and for Balmain to show the diversity because it’s also about the luxury of communication. And you don’t communicate for just 10 people in the room during a show; you communicate to an entire world.”
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See more of J. Lo and Olivier’s full spread in the gallery above. Luxe In Flux hits stands Aug. 31.